WINCHESTER Rotary members have been practising for the Snowdon Challenge in aid of a hospice appeal.

Standing in for steep slopes of the Welsh mountain has been the gentler gradients of St Catherine’s Hill.

The group of Rotarians and friends will be walking up Snowdon on Saturday August 18 in aid of the Winchester Hospice Fundraising Appeal, the club’s main charity for the 2018-19 Rotary year.

The walk aims to contribute £10,000 to the £2.5m needed to refurbish Burrell House as a new 10-bed hospice.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is over ten times the height of Winchester’s St. Catherine’s Hill.

The photo shows some of the group on their first practice walk a few weeks ago on an ascent of St Catherine’s Hill.

Since the photo was taken there have been several training events in preparation for the big day.